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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    psm1212 - very subtle; excellent educational moment!
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    Re: Black Friday Sales

    Mann Lake was sold by their employee/owners to Gray Mountain Partners, which then, most likely, provided the capital to make all of the beekeeping corporate consolidations/business ventures ...
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    Re: Black Friday Sales

    Mann Lake sale was November, 2018. Here’s a link. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181114005707/en/Mann-Lake-Completes-Management-Buyout-Support-Grey
  4. Re: Top Bar Package Install Schedule Feedback Requested

    Welcome to Beesource. You have made several inquiries, some of which should not be answered in generalities. I encourage you to get connected to a local beekeeping club - they will have a better...
  5. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    The administrators of Beesource will be transferring these Kickstarter/GoFundMe-type threads to a special forum according to comments made in another thread — a wonderful decision to help isolate...
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    Re: Crystallized honey

    An electric heating pad set on low is about 110F surface temperature; set on medium, it is 135F surface temperature. With honey liquefaction occurring at 95F to 104F, low setting generally works for...
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    Re: honey moisture

    I constructed a confined space using 2”x2”s covered with plastic 3’x8’x2’ housing a dehumidifier and three (3) five gallon tubs (70% full). Over eight (8) days with stirring three (3) times a day,...
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    Gray Goose - you overlook the existence of the askew telescoping cover protecting against rain. The fiberous material is completely protected by the telescoping cover, and the tiny distance between...
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    The need for a tilted (askew) telescoping cover relates to winterizing a hive for northern climates. The UofMinnesota teaches the placement of bildrite over the innercover, and the telescoping cover...
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    Re: Plasticell vs. Rite-Cell

    Slopoke - it is my suggestion that you update your location so that everyone can understand your perspective based on local beekeeping conditions. And also, a note of caution to all - this is a...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    Having banged my head more than once while loading and unloading a 5’x8’ enclosed trailer, my belief is the top will be an impediment to both honey supering and anger management. Twenty-four (24)...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    When inspecting hives, be mindful of weather and time; avoid dreary, damp weather (rain threatening), and inspect after most foragers are gone.
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    Re: What causes bee paralysis?

    There is a testing laboratory at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, which has developed a panel for testing your submitted sample of bees to determine the existence of eleven (11)...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    Impressive. Only needs a ramp (portable), and an ice cream freezer (or beer cooler) to make it perfect.

    As I typed, more examples were added- all proof that beekeepers are imaginative, and...
  15. Re: Best way to insulate and ventilate my hive for winter in Iowa

    The U of Minnesota has developed a poster that will answer your inquiry about hives in northern winters - here is the link:

    https://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/poster_163.pdf
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    Re: Is it just me, or do you see it too?

    dr4ngas is on the right track - I can see the spitting image of Sigourney Weaver; she made many dreams, some “alien” to good sleep.
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    Re: Varrox: A cautionary tale

    Vaporization from the top precludes the fire hazard posed by hanging comb.
  18. Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Kaizen and elmer_fud are spot on! This thread’s title did not appeal to me; it suggested a need for “crowd-funding” and I do not jump on those moving trains.

    The subtle appearance of Moderator...
  19. Re: Maxant Bottling Tank: 16 gallon v. 25 gallon

    After pouring in the 3 or 4 gallons from the pail, how long does it take for bubbles (and wax particles, if any) to rise to the surface? Put another way, can bottling occur on the same day as honey...
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    Re: God Bless and hello all

    Dear Son Rise Apiaries - my comments were probably too blunt, but were not meant to offend you. As a new beekeeper, you would have no reason to know how important location is when considering...
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    Re: God Bless and hello all

    Welcome, but a warning - local circumstances dictate beekeeping practices.

    Do not pay any attention to suggestions from any member that does not identify their location, nor should anyone answer...
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    Re: Oxalic acid & honey super

    davemal - your experiments appear to have validated the effectiveness of “top vaporization”. I have found it to be a simple process, and I do not have to mess with my mouseguards (which are used...
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    Re: Oxalic acid & honey super

    The grey vapors rise toward the acrylic top and immediately flow back into the frames; there will be vapors coming out of the bottom entry if you do not cover. Always wear a respirator.
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    Re: Oxalic acid & honey super

    The vaporized oxalic acid will permeate the brood boxes and make the crystals within minutes, if not seconds. I replace the supers after all the hives in the apiary have been treated sequentially...
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    Re: Odd Comb on Plastic Foundation

    I presume the “accurate and unambiguous name for such comb” should be “parallel half comb”. I think many beekeeping people following Michael Bush would change the English language to describe such...
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